Eaten Alive By Sydney
February 9, 2010 – 2:49 am | 5 Comments

When the prospect of a shift to Sydney is raised, the doomsayers often rise as well. And they’re nasty! The manner of one’s demise is always different, but the result is always the same – …

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Understanding Sydney

You’re a supermodel among world cities, but do you have heart & soul beneath the glamour? Promise not to stalk you Sydney, but we’re keen to uncover the real you.

Settling In

Starting afresh in a big city isn’t easy, but we’ll share our experiences and provide insights to help fellow Newbies feel at home.

Awesome Attractions

Sydney has a wealth of attractions given its magnificent harbour, world renowned iconic structures and the facelift the city received to host the ‘best ever’ Olympic Games in 2000.

Exciting Events

Chill, indulge, party or experience. Whatever your passion, Sydney has you covered with exciting sporting, cultural and community events.

Deano’s Sport

Dean Knows Sport. He’s made a career out of his passion with full body immersion in rugby, cricket, rugby league, netball, basketball, motor racing and tennis. Now, if only he could get the Foxtel remote off the kids.

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April 7, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

Hand up if you think the Pacific is becoming more hostile. Other hand up if you believe swimming in the open ocean is foolhardy. Wiggle one of those hands if you reckon the mysterious sea still has secrets to reveal.

If one or other of your hands is in the air you’re going to be bowled over by Nowhere Atoll, the debut novel by Sydney-based Kiwi author Lachlan Fyne now available on and iBooks.

Nowhere Atoll tells the story of Coral Bier, a young oceanographer trying to impress her father by secretly setting out to discover why the Pacific Ocean has become so dangerous, wracked by violent earthquakes and tsunamis and plagued by an explosion in shark attacks and encounters with rare sea creatures.

The crusade quickly turns into a fight for survival as Coral’s ragtag crew of marine biology students find themselves in the middle of nature’s fury and the world’s third deepest trench coughs up terrifying aquatic adversaries. Read the full story »

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Sydney Innovates Again With The ASPAs
May 6, 2013 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

Sydney has spawned some of mankind’s greatest innovations – pre-paid postage pushed the envelope in 1838, the electronic pacemaker gave heart to many in 1926, the Wiggles influenced generations upon forming in 1991 and Google …

Vivid Sydney – Light-Years Ahead
May 1, 2013 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

If I was to encapsulate Sydney in one word “vivid” immediately springs to mind.
Vivid not just in terms of personality and lively nature, vivid as in Vivid Sydney, the winter event that transforms the Emerald …

The NRL Matrix
March 16, 2012 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

I’m late…late…for a very important fate. March is here, the NRL has just kicked off and I haven’t chosen which of the nine Sydney clubs to support. Do I follow the white rabbitoh? Cheer for …

Fans Of The Big Bash
February 8, 2012 – 11:32 am | No Comment

As Sydney newbies it is sometimes hard to get parochial about the city’s and state’s sports teams (a long-term affinity with the NSW Blues Origin side being the notable exception despite their lack of recent …

Chinese New Year Joy
January 27, 2012 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

2012 seems so much more promising and filled with potential now I’ve viewed it through the eyes of Chinese New Year and my stomach has experienced it through the marvellous cuisine of a traditional Cantonese …

Movember Reign
November 28, 2011 – 11:57 am | No Comment

This Movember moustache is growing on me.
It was a bit hairy at first, waiting for the wee sprout, desperately hoping I could ditch the mo-nifying glass and see tangible growth with the naked eye. Preferably …

Predators vs Sydney Newbie
November 16, 2011 – 1:43 pm | No Comment
Predators vs Sydney Newbie

You have to admire a country where gardening is an extreme sport and essential camping equipment includes a copy of Bindi The Jungle Girl: Survivor Edition.
Before becoming a Sydney newbie I could climb trees, grope …

Seriously Ticked Off
November 16, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
Seriously Ticked Off

I used to think bush ticks were an Australian myth, designed to further frighten newcomers already petrified of coming face to face with snakes, spiders and an array of scary sea creatures – like Tony …

Sydney’s New Vice
June 28, 2010 – 9:37 am | 58 Comments
Sydney’s New Vice

I hope I’ve just had a yarn with the next big thing in Sydney music, an overnight success some 15 years in the making.
His name is David Purton, but he’ll become better known as Vice Verser, …

June 21, 2010 – 9:40 am | 157 Comments

World Cup fever is spreading around the globe faster than the Spanish flu. Symptoms vary depending on what country you are from, but for Kiwis it’s a mix of head shaking bemusement and euphoria. Sydney …